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NSF Grant Scheme to support Science Education and Popularization Programmes organized by Schools and Universities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides financial support for programmes organized by schools and universities with the following objectives.

  1.   Uplifting the standard of science education and popularization in the country.
  2.   To support science education and popularization programmes in schools and Universities.
  3.   Enhancement of knowledge and skills of the general public on latest science and technology developments.

Only the School Science Societies and University Science Societies which are registered with the NSF are considered for the Scheme (registration with the NSF can be obtained free of charge).

Programmes will be considered in two major categories as Science Education Programmes and Science Popularization Programmes, as follows.

  Science Education Programmes Science Popularization Programmes
Types of programmes

Improvement of school science laboratories

  1.  Establish school science centers
  2.  Any other activity recognized by the NSF
  1. Science days
  2. Science seminars
  3. Science competitions
  4. Science camps / observation camps
  5. Publish science magazines and radio programmes
  6. Any other activity recognized by the NSF
Time frame
  1. More than six months and up to 10 months
  2. An extension can be requested by providing a proper justification
  1. Less than six months
  1. Up to Rs.1,000,000/- per programme per year per school / university.
  2. Total funds will be provided in installments as 40% and 50%.
  3. Remaining 10% of the requested funds should be reimbursed.
  1. Up to Rs.200,000/- per programme per year per school / university.
  2. 90% of the total requested funds will be released initially.
  3. Remaining 10% of the requested funds should be reimbursed.
Required documents Duly completed application with the following,
  1. Request letter from the Principal / Senior Treasurer
  2. Detailed Estimated Budget for the Programme
  3. Details of the Programme
  4. A proposal indicating following,                            -  Name and address of the School /                   University Science Society
    - Project title
    - Rationale
    - Objectives
    - Implementation plan
    - Intended output / outcome
    - Time period / date of implementation
    - Estimated total budget with the break down
    - Total funds expected from NSF
  5. Any other relevant details
Duly completed application with the following,
  1. Request letter from the Principal / Senior Treasurer
  2. Detailed Estimated Budget for the Programme
  3. Details of the Programme
  4. Any other relevant details
Memorandum of  Understanding (MoU)  An MoU should be signed with the NSF  Not necessary


Directions for applicants :

  1. Application forms can be obtained from the NSF by sending a self- addressed and stamped envelope or directly downloaded from the NSF website (
  2. Duly completed applications should be sent to Director General, National Science Foundation, 47/5, Maitland Place, Colombo 07.
  3. Applications should be submitted at least 2 1/2 months prior to commencement of the programme.
  4. Funding will be based on the recommendation of the relevant Committee on Science Popularization and approval of the Board of Management.
  5. Funding will not be provided for, accommodation, subsistence payments and local transportation.
  6. To request remaining installments, a report of financial and physical progress of the previous installment should be submitted to the NSF along with a request letter.
  7. To reimburse the final 10%, the original receipts for expenses should be provided.
  8. Final Report with the impact / outcome of the programme should be submitted to the NSF at the end of the programme along with the financial statement for the whole programme authorized by the Principal (schools) / Bursar (universities).
  9. If the above report and the financial statement have not been submitted, the remaining funds of the approved budget (10 %) will not be provided, and the particular school / university will not be considered for any further financial assistance under this scheme.
  10. Any balance funds should be returned to the NSF within one month, after completion of the programme.
  11. Sponsorship of the NSF should be clearly mentioned and NSF Logo should be clearly displayed in all the activities related to the said programme. The following logo should be obtained from the NSF.


Application SP programme (306KB)

Application SE programme (334KB)


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